by Irina Nevzlin Kogan and David Chivo More than any other Jewish holiday, Passover brings out both the “priests” and “prophets” in our communities. How they will spend their time over the next several weeks is emblematic of the state of our communities and highlights what needs to be undertaken to engage a larger segment of the Jewish people. First we have our Passover priests. Many will spend countless hours purifying their homes; others … [Read more...] about Of Priests and Prophets: the Passover Message of Jewish Peoplehood
by Anabelle Harari After a whirlwind year of graduating from Mount Holyoke, volunteering for four months in Nepal, and traveling for a few months in India, I landed somewhere I never thought I would be - Jewish summer camp. I grew up going to day camp at the JCC in Northeast Philadelphia, but spending eight weeks in the woodlands of Ontario with some 500 Jewish was certainly foreign to me. … [Read more...] about The Power of Gardens at Jewish Summer Camp
The choice to leave your organization can be wrenching, for you personally, and for the entire organizational ecosystem. For those who have the choice of when to leave, doing it at the right time and in the right way, is a gift you can give to your organization. by Tamra L Dollin I have now sent three of my four children off to college. Letting each one go has been a challenge: Did I give them the tools they need to be successful? Did I … [Read more...] about Knowing When To Let Go
by Jakir Manela I hated Hebrew School. Organized Jewish life was irrelevant to me growing up; after my Bar Mitzvah I considered myself free from synagogue beyond the annual Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur torture. As the grandson of survivors, my family was strong in our Jewish identity; I just had no interest in affiliation. No Jewish camp, youth group, or confirmation. But then I went to Israel, and those four weeks changed my life. I felt … [Read more...] about A JOFEE Journey
How will we once again learn to engage Jewish boys in Jewish life without alienating Jewish girls in the process? by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz I am a proud feminist. I have argued adamantly for increasing funding for girls in education around the world, against wage inequality, against domestic violence, for women’s social entrepreneurship in developing countries, against the problem of agunot, among other subjects. I also work to engage … [Read more...] about From Feminism to Masculinism?